Hi and welcome. I have not been on nortriptyline but I'm on amitriptyline which is in the same family. I have never had bad dreams from it. I've been on it for 10 yrs and take 100 mg at night. They usually start you out at a low dose and raise it so perhaps you needed an increase.
I've also been on xanax for 10 yrs. I take the amitriptyline and xanax for sleep and sleep pretty good most nights.
I'm not able to take the malic acid but there are a lot of people on here having great results with it. It's worth a try.
Make sure you read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, there is a lot of great info in it.
Read, ask questions and we are here for you.
luv and hugs
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